Myrna Orosco knew she was facing possible jail time and even deportation when she protested in front of Senator McCain's office on July 20th, 2010 in support of the DREAM act. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, S. 729 was actually co-sponsored by Sen. McCain in the past, but fell short of the necessary votes in Congress to be considered for legislation. It was re-introduced in both in March of 2009, and since then thousands of students across the country have been waiting to find out their fate.
Orosco was fed up with waiting and joined a growing movement of students who have protested and faced arrest, risking deportations since they are technically undocumented immigrants. She is participating in a new social media campaign aimed at bringing these students stories to light entitled, "DREAM Now Series: Letters to Barack Obama."
In Orosco's letter, she explains: "I was brought to the United States at the age of four and have been here ever since. I have been waiting for the DREAM Act to pass since it was first introduced in 2001, and this year I decided that I couldn't stand by and wait another year. I decided to fight for my DREAMs."
Orosco has to return to Washington DC for her trial on October 1st, 2010. "I don't want to go back to a country that I don't know," she pleads in her letter to the president. Many youth like Myrna were brought to the United States when they were too young to understand the implications of the move and have been raised as citizens of the United States. "I have been taught that America is the land of opportunity," write Orosco, "yet I have been denied the opportunity to contribute back to society and continue with my education."
For more stories like Myrna's, be sure to pick up the September issue of Latina magazine to read Chasing the DREAM, a special report on page 116 about the undocumented students who are coming out of the shadows and risking deportation to fight for their futures.